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Spellweaver Masters Championship Rules, Terms and Conditions
Last updated: October 11, 2016
This section is a reference to the terms used in these Rules. Unless otherwise specified in the text of the Rules, the listed terms have the meaning listed here.
“Rules” are these Rules, Terms and Conditions of the Spellweaver Masters Championship
“Championship” is the official online Spellweaver Masters Championship, which consists of up to three stages: Preliminary Tournament, Qualifier Tournament and Final Tournament.
“Organizer” is Dream Reactor EOOD., the Organizer of the Championship and owner and publisher of Spellweaver.
“Best Players” of a Tournament are the top players in that Tournament’s final standings, determined by points won in the Tournament and any applicable tiebreakers.
“Gold” is the major in-game currency of Spellweaver, which is obtained freely through regular play.
These are the Rules, Terms and Conditions of the Spellweaver Masters Championship in English language.
These Rules govern the qualification for and competitive play of the Spellweaver Masters Championship, including establishing championship rules and structure, player eligibility, prize awards, and player conduct. These Rules also include limitations of liability, license grants, and other legally binding terms. You have to read and understand these Rules before you can participate in the Championship.
You must accept these Rules to participate in the Championship and you must follow these Rules to remain eligible in the Championship and receive prizes.
1.1. Rules Acceptance
You accept these Rules by registering for participation in the Championship.
If you win any prize, you must follow the instructions in the Payment of Prizes section to receive your prize.
If you are under the age of majority in your country of residence, your parent or legal guardian may accept these Rules on your behalf.
If you do not accept these Rules, you cannot participate in the Championship.
2. Championship Organizer
The Spellweaver Masters Championship is held and organized by Dream Reactor EOOD, a Bulgarian limited liability company with corporate registration number (EIK) 202179430 and office at 133 Tsarigradsko Chaussee, BIC IZOT Building 1, Office 729a, Sofia 1784, Bulgaria, and email address for Championship issues: email@example.com
3. Player Eligibility
You are eligible to participate in the Championship if you meet the following criteria:
You must be of age of majority at the date of the start of the Championship in your country of residence.
If you are under the age of majority in your country of residence at the date of the start of the Championship, but above the age of 13, you can still participate in the Championship if you meet all the other eligibility criteria and one of your parents or legal guardians reads and accepts these Rules on your behalf.
You must be a citizen or resident of a country where skill gaming and participation in free-to-enter skill competitions for cash prizes is legal. You must be physically located in a country in which participation in the Championship is not restricted by the applicable laws of that country.
At the time of last update of these Rules we believe the legislation in the following countries prohibits participation in our Championship: The Cayman Islands, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Tasmania, and the Vatican City.
This list is provided for reference purposes only. By entering this Championship you declare that the applicable laws in your country of residence do not restrict you from participating in the Championship and from receiving a cash prize.
At the time of the last update of these Rules we believe the legislation in Germany prohibits us to pay out cash prizes. Therefore if your country of residence is Germany and you win a cash prize, you will receive in-game items of the same or greater value of the prize won.
3.3. Additional Requirements for Eligibility
You must be a natural person (not a corporation or other legal entity) who is the individual that created your Spellweaver account and accepted its general Terms and Conditions.
You cannot participate with more than one account at any given time in the Championship.
3.4. Legal Restrictions for Eligibility
You cannot participate if you are owner or employee of Dream Reactor EOOD, family member to any of the above, or related third party by the definition of the Commercial Code of Republic of Bulgaria. For clarification purposes this includes any third party, which has direct economic interest in Dream Reactor, including family members or companies owned by family members. Independent service providers, its owners and family members are allowed to participate.
The competition in the Championship is a contest of skill, not chance. Winners are determined among the competitors who use their skill and knowledge of Spellweaver. Unlike gambling, the element of chance or luck is unsubstantial in determining the Championship victors.
Participation in the Championship is free of charge and is in no way related by any kind of monetary consideration, but you are hereby informed and agree that some of the other participating players could have cards in their deck which might be obtained through monetary purchase.
If you have purchased cards for the purpose of using them in the Championship or “gold” is subtracted from your Spellweaver account for the purpose of participation in the Preliminary Tournament, and the applicable laws determine such transactions as consideration for participation in the Championship, you declare that the applicable laws allow you to participate in the Tournament and receive cash prizes.
In case a certain amount of “gold” is subtracted from your Spellweaver account to enter the Preliminary Tournament, this gold is freely obtained through regular play and does not constitute an entrance fee in legal terms. Furthermore and depending on your performance in the Preliminary Tournament, you can receive a set of in-game items as a consideration for the “gold” subtracted from your Spellweaver account. Lastly, you can participate in the Final Tournament without any “gold” prerequisite by finishing among the Top 10 players in the Monthly Rating Leaderboard.
You cannot participate in the Championship if the applicable laws in your country of residence restrict you from entering skill-based contests with cash prizes or if the applicable laws and regulatory bodies in your country prevent you from participation if such bodies define the Tournament as a form of contest which is not legal in your country of residence.
If you do not comply with any of the Player Eligibility Rules, you may not participate in the Championship.
The Championship consists of three stages – Preliminary Tournament, Qualifier Tournament and Final Tournament. Only 9 to 16 players can participate in the Final Tournament. Prizes are awarded only for the designated winning places at the end of the Final Tournament. You can participate in the Final Tournament if you qualify in one of the following 3 ways:
(1) Finish in the Top Places of the Monthly Rating Leaderboard (no more than 10 places for the Final Tournament)
The Monthly Rating Leaderboard tracks the monthly achievements of every active player in Spellweaver for the current month. It is freely accessible at any time from the Spellweaver client.
The Top 10 players that qualify for the Final Tournament are determined at 00:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on the 1st of each month. If players from the Top 10 have already won a Golden Ticket, the invitations to the Final Tournament pass down by that many places to the next players in the Leaderboard.
In certain circumstances, less than 10 players may get Golden Tickets from the Monthly Rating Leaderboard. These include the event that ties caused more than 2 players to get a Golden Ticket from a Qualifier Tournament, or if the Organizer provided a Wildcard to one or more players (see point 3 below).
(2) Obtain a Golden Tickets from winning a Qualifier Tournament (6 places for the Final Tournament)
Each Qualifier Tournament provides a single Golden Ticket to its 2 best players. You need a Silver Ticket to compete in a Qualifier Tournament.
You can freely compete in a Preliminary Tournament to win a Silver Ticket. Each Preliminary Tournament gives 4 Silver Tickets to its 4 best players. You must have sufficient “gold” to enter the Preliminary Tournament.
One player cannot win more than one Golden or Silver ticket. A Golden or Silver ticket expires if it is not used in the next Final or Qualifier Tournament.
(3) The Organizer reserves the right to provide one or more Wildcards that provide the right to participate directly in the Final free of charge at its own discretion. In this case, that many less players will be qualified from the Monthly Rating Leaderboard. The Organizer has the obligation to announce the number of Wildcards for a given Final Tournament at least 7 days in advance.
Wildcards will be given out to renowned CCG players who will help making the game more popular. Please do not ask us how to secure a Wildcard, they are distributed by an invitation from the Organizer.
4.1. Championship Calendar And Tickets
The Championship is held every month, by the following calendar:
In the last three full weeks of any given month 4 Preliminary Tournaments will be held. Each of these Preliminary Tournaments will award 4 Silver Tickets to its best players, for a total of 16 Silver tickets per week. In the event of a tie and equal tiebreakers between the 4th and the next best players, every one of them will receive a Silver Ticket. Silver Tickets give their owners the right to compete in the next Qualifier Tournament. Unused Silver Tickets expire after the start of the next Qualifier Tournament.
Start Time of Preliminary Tournaments:
Tuesdays at 20:00 p.m. Central European Time
Wednesdays at 20:00 p.m. Central European Time
Thursdays at 20:00 p.m. Central European Time
Saturdays at 16:30 p.m. Central European Time
In each of the last three weeks of the month a Qualifier Tournament will be held, which will require a Silver Ticket for entry. The Qualifier Tournament will provide two Golden Ticket to its 2 best players. In the event of a tie and equal tiebreakers between the 2nd and the next best players, every one of them will receive a Golden Ticket. The Golden Ticket gives its owner the right to compete in the next Final Tournament. Unused Golden Tickets expire after the start of the next Final Tournament.
Start Time of Qualifier Tournaments:
Sundays at 20:00 p.m. Central European Time
The Final Tournament will be held monthly. Up to 16 players can participate, provided they meet the qualification criteria.
Start Time of Final Tournament:
The first Saturday of the following month at 20:00 p.m. Central European Time
4.2. Championship Registration
To participate in a Preliminary, Qualifier or Final Tournament, eligible players will be able to register through the Spellweaver client 30 minutes before the start of the respective Tournament.
5.General Rules for Championship Competition
The three types of tournaments (Preliminary, Qualification, and Final Tournaments) follow the same system and rules, but are held in two different game formats – Single Game format for the Preliminary Tournaments and Conquest format for the Qualification and Final Tournaments. Differences will be explained below.
Any Tournament (Preliminary, Qualification, and Final) will start only if 9 or more players register for it.
The Preliminary Tournament will award 4 Silver Tickets to its 4 best players, regardless of number of points per player. Tiebreakers may apply. In the unlikely event of more than 4 best players existing because of ties, every one of them will receive a Silver Ticket.
The Qualifier Tournament will award 2 Golden Ticket to its 2 best players, regardless of number of points. Tiebreakers may apply. In the unlikely event of more than 2 best players existing because of ties, every one of them will receive a Golden Ticket. In that case, less players will get invitations from the Monthly Rating Leaderboard.
The Final Tournament will award prizes to its winners based on received points:
1st place prize is awarded to the Player with 4 points; this is a cash prize.
2nd place prize is awarded to the Players with 3 points;
3rd place prize is awarded to the Players with 2 points.
Because of possible Player Drop after the start of any Tournament, the numbers of players finishing a Tournament may vary. In the case of the Final Tournament, this can modify the total number of prizes awarded and may deny the 1st place prize (4 points) for the players remaining in the Final Tournament. In such case no 1st place prize will be awarded and the numbers of 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be lowered, as fewer players will answer the criteria for such prizes.
Please see the Player Drop section for more details.
Additional in-game awards are given to other players in the Preliminary and Qualifier Tournaments, based on their results.
5.1. The Competition System
The Tournaments use the Swiss system where there are no eliminations, you are able to play for the full number of rounds and you do not play against every other player.
Simultaneous matches are held between every 2 players. All these simultaneous matches constitute a round. Winning your match in the round nets you 1 point, and losing gives you no points. There are no draws in Spellweaver.
In each round after the first, players with similar results play against each other.
In the case of an odd number of players, one player will get a “Bye”. This player will skip playing in the round, but he will receive 1 points as if he won the round.
After the rounds are completed (up to five rounds for the Qualifier and four for the Final Tournaments; number of rounds depends on number of players), the standings are determined by the number of points, and in the case of equal points – by the tiebreakers described below.
In the Final Tournament you need 4 points to win first place prize in a Final Tournament, 3 points to win second place prize and 2 points to win third place prize.
The Tiebreakers used are the Opponent Match Win Percentage, the Player Game Win Percentage and the Opponent Game Win Percentage
The Opponent Match Win Percentage is the average of all your opponents’ match-win percentages for the current tournament. If the match-win percentage of an opponent is lower than 33%, then the used value is 33%. This tiebreaker is used in the Single Game match format to determine the final rankings in the Preliminary Tournament and in the Conquest match format to determine the winner of the Golden Ticket for the Qualifier Tournament.
In cases when the Opponent Match Win Percentage does not break the tie, the Player Game Win Percentage and the Opponent Game Win Percentage tiebreakers are subsequently applied. This applies only for ties in the Conquest match format to determine the winner of the Golden Ticket for the Qualifier Tournament.
5.3. Preliminary Tournament Specific Rules
The Single Game Mode is the match format used in the Preliminary Tournament. You have to select one deck for your participation in the entire tournament. In this format a single game is played in each round and every player participates with one deck per match.
The deck requirements used are the standard ones – 1 hero, no more than 4 copies of each card except for primary shrines, and deck size between 60 and 100 cards.
Final score is awarded based on points earned from won matches, and the tie-breaker is used if needed.
5.4. Qualifier and Final Tournament Specific Rules
The Conquest Mode is the match format used in the Qualifier and Final Tournaments. You have to select three decks for your participation in the entire tournament. The match starts with each player making a “ban” of one of his opponent’s decks. The bans are done simultaneously, and you don’t see which deck your opponent is banning. You will be only able to see the heroes used, and no details about the content of your opponent’s decks. You need to win a game with both your remaining decks to win the match. If you win a game with a certain deck, you need to play the next game with your remaining deck. If you lose a game, you are free to choose one of your two non-banned decks. This results in a ‘best of three’ match, in which the player with 2 games won is the winner.
The deck requirements used are the standard ones – 1 hero, no more than 4 copies of each card except for primary shrines, and deck size between 60 and 100 cards. In addition, all three decks must use different heroes, and the three decks must contain no more than 4 copies combined of each card except for primary shrines.
6. Additional Championship Rules
6.1. Player Drop
Players can drop from Tournaments between rounds. Once a player drops from a Tournament, his participation is over and he cannot enter the same Tournament again. This may prevent other players from winning the top prize of the Tournament. In such case the Qualifier Tournament will grant the Golden Tickets to its 2 best players but the Final Tournament may not award the 1st place prize.
If fewer than 9 players finish the Final Tournament, 4 points might not be achievable (depending on the matches played prior the Player Drop).
If 9 or more but less than 16 players finish the Final Tournament, no maximum numbers of 2nd and/or 3rd place prizes will be awarded, but 1st place prize WILL be awarded.
6.3. Failure to Act
If a player fails to act in the allotted time for a game action, the game forces that player to end his turn or makes an automatic choice at random as appropriate.
If a player fails to show up or connect for a game, that player can be awarded a game loss, or his/her turns may be auto-skipped because of inactivity.
If a player fails to show up for an entire round, that player is automatically dropped from the Tournament.
6.4. Automatic Enforcement
The Tournament and game rules are automatically enforced by the Spellweaver game client and server software.
In all circumstances, regardless of their nature or origins, the valid outcome for any given situation regarding a Tournament game, or the Tournament itself, is the outcome determined by the Spellweaver software, as displayed in the Spellweaver client. To prevent any doubt, this means that any perceived card interaction bugs don’t invalidate the result of a game or a match.
7.1. Prize pool
The prizes are drawn from a prize pool, which has a starting (minimum) amount of USD 250 and is increased by half (50%) of the current Spellweaver Masters Fund. The current prize pool size is visible in the Spellweaver client during a Championship. Read below for more information about the Spellweaver Masters Fund.
7.2. Spellweaver Masters Fund
You can support your favorite Spellweaver champions and the development of the game by making a donation to the Spellweaver Masters Fund, which will increase the prize pool for the Final Tournament. It will run each month alongside the Championship, including the qualification process, and throughout the Final Tournament itself.
50% of your donations will be added to the Championship prize pool, and the rest will cover taxes, payment fees and support the game’s development.
7.3. Places and Prizes
The Championship uses the Swiss format and prizes will be awarded based on number of points, using the following scheme:
1st place (4 points required, awarded to up to 1 player) – a cash prize equal to the tournament’s entire prize pool, or 250 USD + 50% of the funds gathered in the Spellweaver Masters Fund
2nd – 5th place (3 points required, awarded to up to 4 players) – 6000 Crystals in-game currency
6th – 11th place (2 points required, awarded to up to 6 players) – 2500 Crystals in-game currency
Winners will be declared after the end of each Final Tournament on the Spellweaver website with their in-game names. The maximum number of prizes are awarded if 16 players finish the Final Tournament or enough matches have been played prior Player Drop. Please see the Player Drop section for more details.
7.4. Awarding of Prizes
The awarding of prizes is void where prohibited or restricted. No purchase is necessary to enter the Championship. Prizes are not transferable. No substitution or exchanges for non-cash prize is allowed except by the explicit request of the winning player or in cases of applicable jurisdictions where the payout of cash prizes is prohibited or restricted. In such cases the prize will be substituted for the same or greater value of in-game items.
Players who won a cash prize must chose between a cash pay-out or an award of in-game items of the same or greater value. If the winning player chooses a cash pay-out, he declares that receival of cash prize from the Championship is legal and permitted by the applicable legislation in his country of residence.
7.5. Taxes on Prizes
All taxes and fees, including VAT taxes, due with the receipt of cash prizes according to the applicable laws of the country of residence of the awarded players are the responsibility of the awarded players.
Following applicable Bulgarian legislation, the Organizer is obligated to pay a 10% of any cash prize as withholding tax to the Bulgarian Revenue Service if the winner is not a resident of the Republic of Bulgaria. The winner is obliged to submit an annual tax declaration to the Bulgarian Revenue Service for the year in which he received the prize.
The declared monetary amount of prizes is the full amount transferred to the awarded players, after the Bulgarian withholding tax of 10% is applied.
7.6. Payment of Prizes
We apologize for the following paperwork but we have to adhere to local legal requirements. As a condition for a pay-out of any cash prize, winners will be required to do all of the following within 15 days after the end of a won Championship:
- contact firstname.lastname@example.org from the email which was used to register the Spellweaver account to verify the identity of the winner and choose between a cash pay-out or in-game items award;
- provide us with a copy of a valid ID. The valid ID must allow us to identify your country of residence, name and age. Winners should copy their IDs on a sheet of paper, add by handwriting “true copy of the original”, sign it, scan it and send it to email@example.com;
- print, sign, scan and send to firstname.lastname@example.org the current version of these Rules;
- provide us with information for the winner’s bank account or PayPal account for receiving the won prize. The winner has to be the owner of the account. Alternatively, if the winner has not reached the age of majority in his country of residence, the contacting parent or legal guardian can be the owner of the account.
- if the winner has not reached the age of majority in his country of residence, one of his parents or legal guardians must contact us and provide all of the documents above, including a copy of his or her own valid ID;
If the winner does not provide us with the complete and accurate prerequisite documents listed above in a 15 days period after the end of the Championship, the awarded prize is deemed forfeit by the winner and will not be paid out.
We will pay out the won prize to the specified PayPal or bank account in a period of 15 days after receiving all of the documents and information listed above. We will notify the winner via email of the payment of the prize. Please note that the speed with which your bank or PayPal processes the transfer is beyond our control and the Organizer cannot be held accountable for any delay or interruption of service in the process of payment.
8. Technical Issues, Handling and Effects
8.1. Internet connectivity or problems on Player’s device
Dream Reactor is not responsible for any Internet connectivity issues, or issues with running the Spellweaver client on the player’s device and does not guarantee that in such cases it can remedy the situation. The Spellweaver software automatically handles cases where players disconnect from a running game or fail to connect. In some cases the disconnected player might lose games or be dropped from the Tournament he/she is participating in..
8.2. Server Crash
In the case of a server crash, however unlikely that is, the server will be restarted within minutes, and the state of any currently running Tournaments will be restored. The state of the games currently being played, or in some cases, results from games that just finished, might be lost and in such cases these games will be replayed. The players must do their best to connect back to the server as quickly as possible to prevent losses due to inactivity.
8.3. Issues preventing the Final Tournament from completion
In the case of serious technical issues which prevent the Final Tournament from being completed, a new date will be announced on the Spellweaver website, and a replacement Final Tournament will be held on the new date. In such case all participating players who decide to take part in the replacement Final Tournament will be reimbursed with USD 100 as a compensation for the lost time and effort.
9. Players’ Conduct Rules
Players are welcome to compete in the spirit of good sportsmanship. Players also recognize that some of the participants might not have reached majority in their country of residence and agree to take further care in their interaction with other players because of this fact.
Use of obscenities, profane language and/or gestures is prohibited, either in communication with other players or in in-game names.
Players are welcome to settle their differences respectfully and with highest level of personal integrity. Use of threats or intimidation towards other players is prohibited.
Cheating is prohibited and is ground for disqualification. Cheating is defined as willingly abusing game bugs, or extracting and/or using outside information for a currently running Championship game, which is not available on the screen of his game client. Such reported actions are investigated by the Organizer in the course of the currently running Tournament or within 3 days after its end.
If such an investigation concludes that a player willingly cheated, that player will be disqualified from the Championship and will not receive any prize.
9.2. Win Trading
Win trading and win trading offers are prohibited and are ground for disqualification. Win trading is defined as agreement for certain outcome of a match between the players in exchange for in-game items, rewards, other objects or money. Such reported actions are investigated by the Organizer in the course of the currently running Tournament or within 3 days after its end.
If such an investigation concludes that a player willingly participated or made a win trading offer, that player will be disqualified from the Championship and will not receive any prize.
9.3. Prize Splitting
Prize splitting is allowed and does not constitute win trading. Prize splitting is only allowed in the final round of the Final tournament. The players in a match can negotiate the outcome of the match and / or to split between themselves whatever prizes they would win from the Final tournament, including cash prizes.
All prize splits are done at the players’ own risk, and the Organizer will not enforce any agreed-upon splits in any situation.
9.4. Live Broadcasting
If a player broadcasts their participation in the Championship, the Organizer advises a broadcast delay of at least 5 minutes to prevent opponents and other players from getting outside information about the broadcasting player’s games.
If a participant is watching or listening to another participant’s broadcast, and gains additional information from there, this is considered a fault of the broadcasting player, and does not constitute cheating. The broadcasting player is responsible for hiding extra information from other players
The Spellweaver software allows real-time spectating of Championship games. This spectator mode doesn’t show the contents of player hands, unless a card instructs them to reveal these contents. Using information from spectating, during or in-between games and rounds, is not considered using outside information, and does not constitute cheating.
Official broadcasts of the Championship will use a broadcast delay of 5 minutes or more to prevent players from getting outside information.
9.5. Breach of Players’ Conduct Rules
Breach of these rules for Players’ Conduct is a ground for disqualification from the Championship. In case you suffer any misconduct from other players in a Championship, please inform us at email@example.com in the course of the Tournament in which it occurred or within 3 days after its end. The Organizer will take all necessary measures to examine game and chat logs and determine whether a player has breached these rules. If such a breach is proved, the Organizer will disqualify the offending player from the Championship.
10. Disqualification and other sanctions
The Organizer has the right to monitor compliance with these Rules, investigate possible noncompliance and sanction such behavior for the purpose of ensuring an honest and legal competition in the Championship. You agree to help the Organizer with such investigation.
The Organizer is free to disqualify any Player who breaches these Rules. In addition he can impose the following sanctions:
- issue a warning and publish that warning on the Spellweaver website;
- issue a ban for participation in any future Championships;
- revoke a Championship award;
- terminate all licenses granted to the Player
Disqualified players are announced on the Spellweaver website.
11. Marketing Rights and License Transfer
You agree and grant a license to the Organizer to use your Spellweaver in-game name and real name on the website and in marketing and promotional materials, along with information for your won prizes.
You agree and grant a royalty free worldwide in-perpetuity license to the Organizer to broadcast your participation in the Championship, including the right and license to sell or transfer without limitation the Championship broadcasting rights to any 3rd party.
You are invited to grant a license for usage of your own visual likeness for marketing and promotional materials.
12. Limitations of Liability of the Organizer
By accepting these Rules, you declare the legality of your actions according to the applicable laws in your country of residence. If your participation in the Championship leads to liability from the Organizer from any third party, you agree that the Organizer may seek indemnification for such a liability from you.
If any provision of these Rules is determined to be unlawful, void or unenforceable, such provision shall nonetheless be enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, and the unenforceable portion shall be deemed to be severed from the Rules. Such determination shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions.
The failure of us to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Rules shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.
These Rules constitute the entire agreement and understanding between you and us and govern your participation in the Championship. General usage of the Spellweaver video game, the Spellweaver website, the Spellweaver client and the Spellweaver mobile app outside of the Championship is governed by the Spellweaver Terms and Conditions.
Any ambiguities in the interpretation of these Rules shall not be construed against the Organizer.
15. Governing Law
These Rules shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the applicable laws of the Republic of Bulgaria and the European Union.
16. Changes to the Rules
You can review the most current version of the Rules at any time at this page.
We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to amend, change or replace any part of the Rules by posting updates to our website. Such changes come into effect immediately, unless there is currently an on-going Championship. In such case the changes will come into effect for the next Championship. We will post news on our website for such changes, but it is your responsibility to check the Rules periodically for changes.
17. Contact Information
Questions about the Rules should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org